Getting To Know Your Camera – A Washington, DC Photography Class

If you want to become a better photographer and create better photographs, the first step is getting to know your camera and learning how to work your camera thoughtfully.

Modern cameras, especially a DSLR, can be confusing and intimidating to use because…

  • There are a lot of  buttons and dials…
  • There is a a lot of information provided in the displays…

Cameras aren’t only cameras anymore, they’re also computers…

  • You not only need to learn to work your “camera”…
  • You also need to learn to work the “operating system” that your camera uses…
  • The good news is that the basics of photography and how a camera works have not changed…
  • The not so good news is that the technology that has been brought into the camera can be confusing and is not consistent from camera to camera…

Regardless of the type of camera that you have, to make photography (and your camera) more understandable you’ve got to…

  • Learn what a camera does (all cameras basically do the same thing)…
  • Once  you know what a camera does, you now need to learn how the operating system of your camera performs basic camera functions…

Ashley says: “I really enjoyed the attention to detail during the class. It was a great starter class to learning how to work YOUR camera. I enjoyed the small class size which allowed for a lot of personal attention. It didn’t matter that everyone had a different camera because each person got the necessary attention to learn how to change everything on their camera.”

Once you’ve cut through all the confusion…

  • You will know what  your camera does and how it does it…
  • You can concentrate on making better photographs…
  • You can begin to utilize your camera to its fullest potential…
  • You will have a good understanding  of how your camera works…
  • You can begin to rely more on your mind, instead of your camera, to make a photograph…

Course Description

This hands-on, three-hour workshop is intended to introduce basic photographic principals that will allow the participant to understand how their camera works. Aperture, shutter speed, light sensitivity (ISO/ASA), lenses, focusing modes, camera metering and automatic vs. manual exposure settings will be explained and related to the participant’s camera. By the time the class is over you will know the capabilities of your camera and you’ll be creating more thoughtfully composed photographs.

You’ll learn about…

  • Basic camera operations….
  • Working in automatic mode vs. manual mode…
  • Exposure…
  • Focusing…
  • Metering…
  • and more…
  • If you’d like to learn to work your camera in “manual exposure” mode please consider the four-week Introduction To Photography class.

Heather says: “I was so excited that in 3 hours I was able to use my camera on manual mode. I now know about lighting, metering, aperture and shutter speed. I was amazed at how much you were able to pack into 3 hours.”

You Should Take This Class If You Want To…

  • Understand how  your camera works…
  • Make better pictures…
  • Learn about focusing modes…
  • Learn about metering patterns and modes…
  • Understand the basics of photography…
  • Begin to create thoughtfully composed photographs…
  • Start to learn to work your camera to its  fullest potential…
  • Start to rely on your mind, instead of your camera, to make your photograph…
  • If you’d like to learn to work your camera in “manual exposure” mode please consider the four-week Introduction To Photography class.


  • A camera that allows you to pick exposure modes…
  • You’ll need to bring the “full version” of your camera owners manual to class…

Nellie says: “Sam is able to explain the basics of photography, cameras and light in a way that is so much less complicated than beginners photography books. He’s a great teacher.”

Getting To Know Your Camera – Student Comments

Important Notices

  • Please bring something to take notes with to class.
  • If you are registering for this class on the day that it is scheduled, you must bring a copy of your receipt as your proof of payment in order to be admitted.
  • By registering for this class I agree to the Registration Terms And Conditions.
  • If you’d like to learn to work your camera in “manual exposure” mode please consider the four-week Introduction To Photography class.

Class Meeting Location

Depending on the time and day the class is scheduled, classes meet at one of two locations in the Chinatown area of Washington, DC. If you have any questions about the meeting location of a specific class that is scheduled please contact Sam ( ) with the class name and specific schedule.

Upcoming Classes, Price And Registration


24 comments on “Getting To Know Your Camera – A Washington, DC Photography Class
  1. Sima says:

    Hi Sam,
    Will you be offering this class in July? A friend and I would like to sign up!

    • Hi Sima,

      Thank you for your interest in my photography classes.

      Yes. I will. As usual I’ve fallen behind on scheduling.

      You can check the page for updates. (I’ll do my best to have an updated schedule up by early next week.)

      You can also get on my email list. You’ll get a weekly email from me that includes a link to upcoming classes and a digest of photography related blog posts that I made during the previous week. I recently made a couple of online courses and I’ve made those available to the photographers on my email list.

      If you’re interested here’s the link to subscribe. —>

      If you have any further questions, please let me know. You can call, too. 202-531-2344

  2. Miriam Toaff says:

    Hi there— will there be more classes later in March?


    • Hello Miriam,

      Thank you for your interest in my photography classes.

      In terms of the Getting To Know Your Camera class, At this moment I can’t be sure if there’ll be more classes scheduled at the end of March.

      There will definitely be more scheduled for April, May and June.

      If you’d like weekly reminders about the schedule of upcoming photography classes, please consider getting on my e-mail list.

      If you have any questions, please give me a call at 202-531-2344.

  3. Kristina Frolova says:

    What is your spring schedule? Very much looking forward to taking your course later in March or April.

  4. Traci says:

    Good morning. The list of classes for this Getting to Know Your Camera workshop is o lu listed thru Oct. 5, which as passed. Are there other dates scheduled?

  5. Emma says:

    Is a Cannon t3i advanced enough for this class? Saving up for a new Dslr but currently only have this to use.

  6. Anna C says:


    Does this class only cover digital or can I bring my film camera? It is a Pentax ME Super and I have the manual.


  7. Laura says:

    Hi Sam! I am looking forward to your class today, July 12th at 1:30pm.

  8. Jessie says:

    Hi Sam ,

    I don’t have a camera manuel for my nikon d40, is that okay?


  9. Vannesa says:

    Hello Sam
    I would like to take the Getting to know your camera class. Where will the classes be held?
    Vannesa Guzman

  10. Dominic Colangelo says:

    I would come with my daughter if ok (2 fees)
    We have a canon 5D camera. Do you have others with the same camera?

    • samdamico says:

      Hi Dominic,

      Taking the class with your daughter would be OK. Just make sure that you indicate that there will be two of you during the registration process so you are charged (and spaces are held) for each person.

      While I don’t know if there will be anyone else with a Canon 5D, your camera is more than sufficient for the class.

  11. Kati says:

    Do you have a course listing for September?

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